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Shayna Tanen

Shayna is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news @wuft.org

Unwanted Chicken Farm Prompts Land Regulation, Environmental Concerns

JTC Farm Chicken Houses has started construction of a facility that will house up to 270,000 chickens. Legally, no wastewater permit is required for the operation. But local residents who live close to where the chicken farm is being built as well as the Ichetucknee Alliance have raised concerns about the possible increase on nitrate levels in the Floridan aquifer due to runoff from the chicken farm.

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Florida Citrus Industry Not So Fruitful, Plagued By Disease

Although Marty Werts' Melrose farm has remained untouched by disease, the Florida citrus industry has faced devastating effects in the last decade due to citrus greening, citrus canker and declining sales. Even with $9.5 million allocated for citrus greening research by the Florida State Legislature between 2013 and 2014, all citrus trees are still dying faster than they are being replanted.

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Alachua Publix to Open Saturday, Provide 125 Jobs

Lydia Romig was one day too early. She went to the new Publix in Alachua on Friday during her lunch break, hoping to pick up her favorite sausage-and-kale soup. Romig is just one eager customer of many who is excited about the new store. After much anticipation, the Publix will …

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City Commission And Mayor Plan Tax Incentives To Revitalize East Gainesville’s “Food Desert”

Gainesville District 1 City Commissioner Charles Goston, Mayor Ed Braddy and other officials met recently to brainstorm ways to bring supermarkets and restaurants to East Gainesville. That area of town has only two full-service grocery stores, while West Gainesville has 24. Because of the dearth of supermarkets, East Gainesville has been labeled a "food desert," by the USDA.

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